Saturday, February 18, 2006

Madame SouSou, Fitzroy

It's a dangerous time to be a cartoonist (especially a Danish one). So I wonder how the French will feel about the female caricature adorning the menus at Madame SouSou, 231 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Tel +61 3 9417 0400.

Dressed in period gear, with one hand up in the air, the other hand appears to be wedged firmly up her derriere. Are they trying to imply that French women have worms? Is that the dirty little secret behind French Women Don't Get Fat?

Assuming it doesn't get ripped apart by rioting Frenchwomen in the weeks ahead, one thing's for sure... this is a good place for breakfast. My SouSou breakfast was anything but so so. Firm, buttery scrambled eggs. Delicious double-smoked bacon. Golden, crumbling, house-made hash browns. Roasted tomato, fresh avocado, and crunchy sourdough toast. Yum yum.

Other interesting items on le menu du petit dejeuner include ricotta pancakes with warmed strawberries, honeycomb, and vanilla bean butter; Madame SouSou's toasted fruit and nut muesli with apple and berry compote, and sheep's milk yoghurt (no, Yoplait isn't really French for yoghurt); and sweet corn fritters with smoked salmon, avocado, tomato salsa and creme fraiche.

Or, if you want to get all French, there's a selection of croissants, with shaved ham, cheese, blah blah blah... and a rather fancy sounding pear, fig and walnut "French" toast, with cinnamon marscapone and clover honey.

The venue is stylish without being stuffy, and the staff look very snazzy in their white aprons and black pants. But if you're on an outside table (as I was), there's a risk of being out-of-sight, out-of-mind. It took me a while to order a second coffee.

My only other comment relates to price. At $17 for the signature breakfast, it's just a tad too expensive to be good value. This is, however, a close call. And I will come back for more.

16/20 "mmm... double smoked bacon"


Eggs & Bacon $11.50 BB100 +15%

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

is it a french restaurant? did you have a peek at the usual menu? it's one of those places i mean to go to but always end up choosing ici if its breakfast, bimbo's for lunch or viet rose for dinner!

19/2/06 18:38  
Blogger Jamie Wodetzki said...

yes, if there's a label for the madame, it would be french style brasserie... i didn't eyeball the lunch or dinner menu, but i'd be amazed if it wasn't oozing butter and cream and all things francaise...

19/2/06 19:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The environment was great! Food too! The french toast is exceptionally well done. One of the best scrambled eggs I've had. Plus they have good selection of mixed juices! It's a bit costly as you said but if you have time to sit down and enjoy the environment it's worth it.

3/5/06 21:08  
Blogger hamburgerinhamburg said...

Did they have the goat's cheese omlette at the time of the review? I'd not tasted such a delicious thing as that.

15/1/07 10:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had the ricotta pancakes with warmed strawberries, honeycomb, and vanilla bean butter when I was there and I have to say it was one of the most delicious breakfasts I'd ever had: all the flavours worked perfectly together (though the pancakes were slightly dense, but not dense enough to detract from the excellence of the meal). The atmosphere is also uplifting but relaxed :)

11/6/07 13:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Waited over 45 mins for breakfast this a.m. After 30 mins, asked 2 separate waitresses how much longer it would be. Neither came back with a response. Service attitude appalling. When food finally arrived tomatoes were cold. We didn't stay for coffee, didn't have another 45 mins to wait. Were going back there on 21/11 - 6 people in total. Have now cancelled. Will NEVER go back, to many other great restaurants around to put up with the lack of service SouSou displayed this morning.

9/11/08 15:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good food and decent service. The very big breakfast is now $18, but a $1 dollar increase in four years since the first review makes it better value, no?

My only complaint was somewhat jarring music played too loud inside. Not exactly in tune with the rest of the nice bistro/brasserie fit-out.

20/6/10 08:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without a doubt the best breakfast in fitzroy, I had the pain perdu which was amazing, chocolatey, raisiny, cinnaminey goodness. Yep it's a bit naughty but once in a blue moon.....My friend had the eggs benedict....a classic done perfectly. The coffees were good and the service was friendly. We visited on Sunday morning and it was packed,there was a really buzzy atmosphere and the staff were still smiling! I can't wait to go for dinner!

9/3/11 10:58  
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